Crossbows are a popular hunting tool in many states, unfortunately, Oregon is the only state where crossbows are not legal for hunting. Fun fact is you can hunt bear deer with a .22 but not with a crossbow. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why crossbows are not allowed in Oregon and some of the alternatives that hunters may find useful.
Crossbow Hunting Regulations In Oregon: Are Crossbows Legal To Own In Oregon
In Oregon, only recurve, compound, and longbows are legal. As such, crossbows are illegal in Oregon.
Use the above regulations carefully
We can not guarantee the above regulations are 100% accurate or up to date. Always consult the Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife website for the most recent regulations regarding hunting in Oregon. However, up until this time June 30, 2022, crossbows are not legal to hunt with in Oregon. But the good news is you can still hunt with a crossbow from one of the states that allow them.
Why Oregon Restricted Crossbow Hunting?
Oregon restricted crossbow hunting to maintain “traditional” hunting practices. With the new bows, they are not as traditional as with regular bows. Crossbows also allow you to shoot at full draw all day long which increases the hunter’s effectiveness in taking game animals compared to compound bows or other traditional bows. For these reasons, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife thinks crossbow can be a big challenge to maintain traditional hunting practices as well as protect the game animals from becoming over-hunted.
Hunter’s Opinion About Restrictions
At the time of our research, we talked to several veteran hunters who favored allowing crossbows for hunting. They felt that the technology had come a long way since crossbows were first used in hunting, and modern crossbows are much more powerful than traditional bows. Additionally, the crossbow proves a safer and easier option for the disabled hunter as it requires less strength to draw and hold. Also, they feel that Oregon could make some good money selling the crossbow license at least allowing the disabled hunter to hunt with a crossbow.
On the other hand, there are other hunters in Oregon who feel that crossbows are not traditional enough for hunting and should not be allowed because they are a more modern hunting tool. They argue that crossbows are not as physically demanding as traditional bows, also the increased power and mobility of the crossbow can lead to an increase in deer harvesting rate which will hamper the populations of game animals. Ultimately, the decision on whether or not to allow crossbows for hunting will come down to state regulations.
About The Author:
Lake Streeter, A Gun enthusiast, and loves to hunt in the middle of the wood. Always check the latest hunting gears out in the market and try to share his honest opinion with the audience in OUTDOOR EVER.